The kids and I are mid-way through an extended trip visiting various branches of my family in the Midwest. We flew into Chicago on Wednesday morning, stayed with my dad for a few days. Friday night, we drove six hours (with three adults, two kids, and a dog with a bladder infection!) to Northern Wisconsin, where I currently sit on my mom’s laptop, stealing the neighbor’s wireless connection. We’re at my mom’s house on a lake, with my stepdad’s family. We had 16 people for dinner on Saturday night, 21 on Sunday. We drive back down to civilization tomorrow, and then go to Central Illinois on Friday for my dad’s family reunion, before flying back to Boston on Sunday night (my kids’ first birthday!).
We’re surviving, and even doing quite well. The key, I think, has been to stick to my kids’ normal schedule and routines as much as possible. We spend a lot more time outside than we usually do at home, and there’s seemingly a million people who want to hold and play with them. But naps and meals and bedtimes remain the same, and I think that has helped a lot. Not 100% smooth sailing, but pretty darn good.
I’ll give a full recap next week when we get back, but I thought I’d check in from our crazy Midwestern adventure. And, of course, I had to share a few pictures!